Cheap Eats in San Diego
Collected by Rajam Roose, AFAR Local Expert
With a year-round growing season, fresh produce, great chefs, and wonderful views, San Diego has become a food lover's paradise.
8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
I love dining al fresco and I love a beach view, so you can imagine how excited I was when Caroline's Seaside Cafe opened about a mile from our house. There's just nothing quite as beautiful as sitting on the deck of this chic little bistro and...
2601 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
The Market Place deli is just one block from Balboa Park on 5th Ave. This deli has been here for 25 years and the owners changed hands about 15 years ago. There's a familial feel to the place and everyone working there knows the customers giving...
1810 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
Lucha Libre is an eclectic burrito/taco place run by three brothers from Mexico that pays homage to the glam of Mexican wrestling. This place is near my office so I come here often for lunch. You can get fat burritos, tacos and drinks for a great...
777 G St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
More than worth a visit if you’re in the Gaslamp Quarter, Neighborhood features healthy food for everyone from the meat lover to the gluten avoider. Guests will also find around 27 local brews on tap and many more kinds of bottled beer. The...
4645 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
Soltan Banoo is located on the funky little busy strip on Park Blvd in University Heights. It's located in a former house and has a warm feel. The Persian style decor and artwork add a unique and eclectic vibe. They also sell Persian style jewelry...
4344 Convoy St Q, San Diego, CA 92111, USA
You can find sushi at Ichiro's, but this is not a sushi restaurant. They carry many traditional Japanese dishes. One of my favorites is the Tenzaru Soba (cold buckwheat noodles) pictured above. Really good after a hike on a hot day. For dessert,...
1459 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
Michoz's is a small place found on University Ave in the Hillcrest neighborhood in San Diego. My husband and I love to support local owned businesses and Michoz's is near my office, so we come here sometimes for lunch or dinner. The food is fresh...
3731 India St B, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
Saffron Noodles and Sate is located on the edge of Little Italy and Mission Hills in San Diego. Owned by Su-Mei Yu, a woman from Thailand who wanted to recreate the types of foods that she grew up with sold by street vendors in Thailand. The food...
4717 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92105, USA
Nestled in the City Heights district of San Diego, the Red Sea Restaurant offers premier Ethiopian food. It's a bit run-down from the outside, but the warm, inviting atmosphere inside makes up for it. It's privately owned by an Ethiopian family,...
5662 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
They had me at duck confit tacos, the francophile in me couldn't resist! This great local eatery located in La Jolla's Bird Rock Community has something for everyone. There is a nice outdoor area to eat in, as well as a cute bar, and the staff is...
2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
Meat lovers rejoice—Carnitas is home to some of San Diego’s greatest steak and pork dishes. Located in North Park, Chefs Hanis Cavin and Sara Stroud deliver mouth-watering plates like their Steak Sandwich, smothered in chipotle aioli, or their...
1790 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
Yoshino's is located on the North end of India street in San Diego. Because it's near my office, I come here at least once a month to eat lunch. This end of India street has some great places to eat, on these couple blocks you can find- Lucha...
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